Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü

Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü

Deutschland 1929, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The White Hell of Pitz Palu

Dr. Johannes Krafft and his young wife Maria are enthusiastic mountain climbers. On a winter climb on the treacherous Pitz Palu, an avalanche suddenly hits them and Maria is swept away down an icy crevasse to her death. Krafft spends the next years wandering around the mountain and grieving the loss of his beloved wife.

10 years later: Maria and Hans, two young lovers, are spending their holiday at a cabin high up in the mountains. Hans tells Maria the legend of the mysterious Dr. Krafft, who has become known as the "spirit of the mountain." They are astounded when Dr. Krafft himself suddenly appears in their doorway, but invite him to spend the night. The next morning, Dr. Krafft sets off once again towards the summit of Pitz Palu. Determined not to be outdone, Hans insists on joining him, as does Maria.

As the three begin their ascent, they see a group of students in the distance also on their way up the mountain. All goes well, until Hans, who has insisted on taking the lead in spite of his inexperience, slips and falls, injuring his head. Krafft and Maria pull him back up to safety, but Krafft breaks his leg in the process. Then an avalanche suddenly erupts, sweeping the students below them to their deaths. After three days and nights stranded on the mountain ledge, the small group is discovered by a pilot. Before the search party reaches them, however, Hans has nearly frozen to death. Krafft gives the young man his jacket. Knowing that his fate is now sealed, Krafft crawls off on his own… Hans and Maria are saved, but Dr. Krafft has now joined his wife in death, encased in his own icy grave.

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DIE WEISSE HÖLLE VOM PIZ PALÜ im Frankfurter Filmmuseum

Am 10. Januar lief dieses Meisterwerk mit Live-Musikbegleitung im Frankfurter Filmmuseum. Mein Bericht zur Vorstellung von DIE WEISSE HÖLLE VOM PIZ PALÜ (1929) unter https://www.freitag.de/autoren/martin-betzwieser/die-weisse-hoelle-vom-p...

Credits

Director:Arnold Fanck, G. W. Pabst
Screenplay:Arnold Fanck, Ladislaus Vajda
Director of photography:Sepp Allgeier, Richard Angst, Hans Schneeberger
Editing:Arnold Fanck, Hermann Haller
Music:Giuseppe Becce (Kino-Musik - 1935), Willy Schmidt-Gentner (1929), Ashley Irvin (1998)
  
Cast: 
Gustav DiesslDr. Johannes Krafft, der Alleingänger
Leni RiefenstahlMaria Majoni
Ernst PetersenHans Brandt
Ernst UdetFlieger Udet
Mizzi GötzelMaria Krafft
Otto SpringBergführer Christian Klucker
Kurt GerronMann im Salon
  
Production company:H. R. Sokal-Film GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Henry Sokal

All Credits

Director:Arnold Fanck, G. W. Pabst
Assistant director:Paul Falkenberg, Mark Sorkin
Screenplay:Arnold Fanck, Ladislaus Vajda
Story:Arnold Fanck
Director of photography:Sepp Allgeier, Richard Angst, Hans Schneeberger
Still photography:Hans G. Casparius
Production design:Ernö Metzner
Editing:Arnold Fanck, Hermann Haller
Music:Giuseppe Becce (Kino-Musik - 1935), Willy Schmidt-Gentner (1929), Ashley Irvin (1998)
  
Cast: 
Gustav DiesslDr. Johannes Krafft, der Alleingänger
Leni RiefenstahlMaria Majoni
Ernst PetersenHans Brandt
Ernst UdetFlieger Udet
Mizzi GötzelMaria Krafft
Otto SpringBergführer Christian Klucker
Kurt GerronMann im Salon
  
Production company:H. R. Sokal-Film GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Henry Sokal
Location manager:Heinz Landsmann
Shoot:01.1929-06.1929: Schneeregionen des Bernina-Massivs
Original distributor:Aafa-Film AG Sonderverleih (Berlin)
Length:7 Akte, 3330 m
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:s/w, stumm
Rating:Zensur (DE): 18.10.1929, B.23880, Jugendfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (AT): 11.10.1929, Wien [13 Kinos]

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü

Versions

Original

Length:7 Akte, 3330 m
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:s/w, stumm
Rating:Zensur (DE): 18.10.1929, B.23880, Jugendfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (AT): 11.10.1929, Wien [13 Kinos]